The Methodist Church Tower Hamlets

Churches & projects serving London's East End



For full list of current Diary dates, see  

Conversation Welcome 
Advent Studies
3rd/10th/17th Dec - Sun   at  4:00pm at Bethnal Green
4th/11th/18th Dec - Mon   at  6:30pm at Old Ford
6th/13th/20th Dec - Weds  at 10:00am at Bow Rd
7th/14th/21st Dec - Thurs at  7:00pm at Poplar

The above dates for the Advent course, running at all the churches in the circuit, are included in the Christmas programme.  You are welcome to attend at any venue, including Mix and Match over the three weeks, as suits you best.
John Wesley was a great advocate of small group study meetings, where Methodists were encouraged to help and support each other. The Compass course served to demonstrate how comforting - and challenging - they can be 
The Methodist Church Compass course has now finished. See details and reports of outcomes of the Compass Conversations

NEXT year is the 150th anniversary of Bethnal Green Methodist Church.  
It is also the anniversary of the national charity 
Action for Children (formerly the National Children’s Home), which started out in 1867 as part of the Methodist work in Bethnal Green 


Wednesday 13th December 11.00-15.00
Open House at Wesley's Chapel, City Rd.
Call in and see where John Wesley lived.  His house will be dressed for a Georgian Christmas, with craft-work available for children (and the young-at-heart)

Saturday 16th December 12-14.30
Georgian Tea Room at Wesley's Chapel City Rd


Thursday 14th December 15.30 at Bethnal Green
Come and sing carols for everyone at the door of the church.  Wrap up warmly!

Saturday 16th December 11.00-14.00  Coffee Morning 
There is another chance to hear Band For Life and join in a small fund-raiser for the Project. Please join us at Bow Rd Church for music, mince-pies and merriment.  Then the band session on Friday 22nd will be Open House, so come and join us any time between 2 and 4pm.  No session on Friday 29th, then back to normal!

In October: Plenty of friends joined Band for Life for coffee and cake and great live music, got creative with arts and crafts, enjoyed a relaxing hand massage with Maryan, and spent their money on the stalls. 

Meeting together and being creative benefits everyone. Thanks for your support!

In August: Band for Life  performed at the Late Bloom Festival in the Crossrail Roof Garden at Canary Wharf.  Watch a clip of their group sing-a-long:

Somissioncks 'n' Chocs for Whitechapel Mission

We are looking to make Christmas a little special for the hundreds of people who will come to the centre on Christmas day.We are looking for a pair of new socks wrapped around a small bar of chocolate and then maybe wrapped in Christmas paper. Can you help make Christmas Special for those sleeping on our streets? If you can help pop the socks 'n' chocs in your church donation box up to Sunday Dec 17th and John will make sure that they get to Whitechapel Mission in time for Christmas Day.

The FoodCycle charity now holds a community meal on Friday evenings at Bow Road church, where they will operate weekly for a trial period over the next three months. The charity sources good quality food from supermarkets that is soon to reach its sell-by date. If you want to know more, visit the website ( contact Matt ( or 020 7729 2775

Old Ford Church is open every Tuesday 13.30-15.00 for craft-work, coffee and cake.  Bring any craft you are working on.  Beginners welcome

This week will be the last session this year. We will having a bring and share lunch - everyone welcome. Knit and Natter resumes on Tuesday 9th January.

Old Ford  

On the second Tuesday of each month, 12.30, there is a light lunch at Old Ford with an opportunity for conversation, prayer and then a short service. These are all open to anyone living locally, as well as to everyone across the circuit
Next meeting is 9th January.

Christian Aid Collection 

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The need is very great as Christian Aid responds to emergencies around the world, as well as campaigning against the causes of poverty and the reality of climate change.

The charity has announced that for every pound the public gives to the Christian Aid Christmas Appeal, supporting people living in poverty in South Sudan, the UK Government will also give a pound.
The Christmas Appeal will continue until 5th February 2018

Supporting the Whitechapel Mission - Take one Tin at a Time

Revd John Hayes offers his heartfelt thanks to all who have contributed as he took another car load of food and clothing collected from all four churches in the Circuit. Whitechapel Mission's usual Harvest donations were a lot lower than previous years, so the extra on-going help is really making a difference,   One way to help out Whitechapel Mission is to bring just one tin of baked beans or plum tomatoes to church every week. Add the extra tin to your weekly shopping list. Set a repeating reminder in your phone. Just bring a tin and pop it in a box. [You can also bring other items from our desperate list as well: sugar, coffee, honey, biscuits, instant hot chocolate, toothbrushes, razors, carrier bags, rucksacks. Also men’s: underwear, socks, jeans 28”-36”, trainers, shoes and trousers 28-34".]

Let John Hayes (07531 243327)  know when you have something to collect, and we will take it down to the Mission. Every little helps


Whitechapel Mission Champions -
Champion the cause 
We are looking for a Whitechapel Mission Champion in every congregation in our circuit.  Are you passionate about the work of Whitechapel Mission supporting the vulnerable, homeless and rough sleepers? Would you act as an advocate for their work, and champion the cause in your own congregation? Could you encourage people to develop their involvement with this life-changing mission that is part of our Circuit serving local people? 

Please pray about this, and if you think that this is something that God is speaking to you about, then please speak to Revd John Hayes (07531 243327) 

Tower Hamlets Circuit is registered for the Easyfundraising site, which means you can raise money for the church when you buy online via Easyfundraising.

1. Register as a user and choose “Methodist Church in Tower Hamlets” as your cause
2. Go to first when you buy online. Find the retailer’s name, click through to their site and do your shopping.
3. The church gets a percentage of what you spend. 

There are lots of retailers taking part including:  Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Ebay,, Clark’s, British Airways

For full address and details of each church in the circuit, see Congregations

Charity Number 1134888